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Vinex Atlas takes Gold Medal

A book covering a renowned spatial planning project in The Netherlands has been declared the best designed book in the world as part of an international competition judged in Leipzig.

By Editor Design.nl /asdf 05-03-2009

The Vinex Atlas published by 010 has won a Gold Medal in the international competition 'Schönste Bucher aus Aller Welt' (Best book design from all over the world).

In Leipzig a seven-person international jury worked its way through no less than 700 books from 36 countries, including the Dutch entries from the Best Dutch Book Designs of 2008. The atlas was compiled by Jelte Boeijenga and Jeroen Mensink and designed by Joost Grootens.

The jury commented, "An outstanding example of successful information-based graphics. The detailed information is clearly structured, precisely collated and in its design concept shows sure instinct right down to the last detail. Excellent design of complex contents which makes the reader eager to find out more".

It was in the early 1990s that the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment published the supplement to the fourth report on spatial planning. This policy document achieved fame and notoriety under its Dutch acronym, Vinex. In its wake, hundreds of thousands of dwellings were erected throughout the Netherlands in what became known as Vinex districts. Sometimes eulogized, often vilified, they have always been a source of debate. The Vinex Atlas gives the first in-depth account of the entire Vinex stock, describing 52 districts aided by aerial views from the mid-nineties, plans, site data and recent on-site photographs. Add to these an exhaustive essay on the genesis and implementation of the Vinex programme and you have the definitive reference work on this unique spatial planning operation in the Netherlands.

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